Bored in isolation? Top 5 must-see's to keep your head in the game.

Dear Diary,

Year 83 in isolation. I still have gin, but no tonic. And sport, how I miss it, all kinds...

I am 100% convinced I am not the only one writing or at the very least thinking the above sentence each day as the global pandemic continues. Unless of course, you prefer a different spirit. Each to their own.

But there has been something magical for the world of sport while isolation continues. You're probably thinking "what?". Streaming services are kinds of amazing and as a result there's a lot of locked up couples fighting for streaming rights. Suddenly, people who have never known anything about F1 (other than do not enter the man cave every second Sunday) are binging Formula 1: Drive to survive. Or my new personal favourite, The Last Dance which chronicles the worlds greatest basketball player Michael Jordan and the rise of the Chicago Bulls in the 90s (next episode released May 18, I'm not counting down I swear).

Keeping on track, see below to get your drama filled back story to the sports you love (and to the ones you don't know you love yet!), the people and the dreams.

5. Wayne: The Wayne Gardner Story

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Wayne is one of those documentaries you can watch and feel a part of, because we (Australians) can relate to the small coastal town up-bringing. Wayne Gardner is arguably one of Australia's most important Motorsport figures and this documentary will take you from humble beginnings, including a five-dollar dirt bike, to the 1987 World Motorcycle Grand Prix Championship (with a short skip through Wollongong on the way). At 1 hour and 35 minutes, It's not long enough that your significant other will be begging to change the program - in fact it'll leave you hanging for more.

4. Senna

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This 2010 documentary is an absolute classic and is a must-watch for any buddying sports enthusiast. Widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers ever to live, this documentary takes real footage, real interviews and pieces together the story of a man we wish we could have known better, Ayrton Senna. 3 times Formula 1 World Champion, beloved hero and husband. His story, sadly, came to an end at the age of 34 in a racing accident at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

Be warned, this documentary is a little longer at 2 hours and 45 minutes, so settle in with some popcorn, you won't be disappointed.

3. The Carter Effect

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Canada, a land not renowned for basketball, until the arrival of Vince Carter. But no inch-high private eye, Vince Carter the 6-foot-6-inch eight-time NBA All-Star from Daytona Beach, Florida joined the Toronto Raptors 1996 and the rest is history.

The perfect mix of hard baller Michael Jordan and soft touch Scottie Pippen - This film analyses how Carter put Canadian hoops on the map and brought forward a new wave of culture from just over the border. At 1 hour long (and a great ease-into The Last Dance) No one will be disappointed with this choice.

2. Make Us Dream

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As a die hard Liverpool FC supporter, this was an absolute must on my watch list. Steven Gerrard joined the club at the tender age of 8 and went on to be club captain, as well as captaining the England national team.

This series will take you through his 26 year career having won two FA Cups, three League Cups, one UEFA Cup, one FA Community Shield, one UEFA Super Cup and one UEFA Champions League. But it also faces the many downs any athlete may face in their career. 10/10. Also, there's Scouse accents. 100/10.

1. The Last Dance

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I have mentioned it twice already because it is that good. The Last Dance chronicles the rise of the Chicago bulls with front man and legend Michael Jordan while examining the contrasting personalities of Scottie Pippen and eccentric Dennis Rodman and the impact on the team.

The series uses original BTS footage from the 1997–98 Chicago Bulls season and features cameos from former president Barack Obama and the late great Kobe Bryant. The journey, the hopes, the losses - it has everything that a real sports fan want's to see - namely, determination.

Aside from the above, it will give you some real 90s nostalgia about how the world was changing. If you have older brothers, or younger fathers - highly suggest watching this one with them. 1000/10.

Any die hard must see sport documentaries I missed? Let me know in the comments!

Maddi Scordia-Smith 

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